- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - For years, Micah Johnson was a rudderless but well-liked young man with friends of all races. But after a deployment in Afghanistan, friends and family say, another man emerged, someone interested in black power groups and angry about police killings of young African-American men. That Micah Johnson gunned down five police officers last week during a demonstration in downtown Dallas.

A look at key events in Johnson’s life, based on interviews and records:


MARCH 1990: Johnson’s parents, James and Delphene, marry.

JULY 1991: Johnson is born in Mississippi.

MARCH 1996: His parents file for divorce in Dallas County. His mother gets custody of Johnson and a younger brother.

SUMMER 2006: Johnson moves to the Dallas suburb of Mesquite and transfers to Dr. John D. Horn High School to start his sophomore year. Friends describe him as an easygoing student whose friendships were colorblind.

MAY 2009: Johnson graduates with a 1.98 grade-point average and ranks 430 out of 453 students. Friends say he takes an interest in ROTC. After high school, he begins his Army Reserve service and is assigned to the skill trade of carpentry and masonry in the reserve unit of the 284th Engineer Company of the 420th Engineer Brigade.

JANUARY 2011: Johnson registers for classes at a Dallas County community college, but withdraws a few weeks later and does not return.

NOVEMBER 2013: Johnson and his Army Reserve unit deploy to Afghanistan.

MAY 2014: A fellow soldier in Afghanistan files a complaint accusing Johnson of sexual harassment. The woman, a friend of Johnson’s from Texas, seeks a protective order against him and suggests he receive “mental help.”

JULY 2014: Johnson is sent home from Afghanistan.

SEPTEMBER 2014: Johnson’s sexual harassment case ends after he signs paperwork agreeing to receive an other-than-honorable discharge from the Army. Military officials later say his discharge was honorable for reasons that are unclear.

APRIL 2015: Johnson participates in a police-brutality protest in Dallas after Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore.

MAY 2015: Police responding to a suspicious-person report in the Dallas suburb of Richardson question Johnson and three other men while they are sitting in a black SUV. Johnson explains he’s just gotten out of a nearby self-defense school and is waiting for his dad to pick up his brother.

MAY 2016: Johnson attends a Malcolm X festival at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore in Dallas.

JULY 7, 2016: Police say Johnson took sniper positions in downtown Dallas during a Black Lives Matter march, fatally shooting five police officers and wounding nine others and two civilians.

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